Hypable’s Most Anticipated Games for 2013

1:30 pm EDT, December 27, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new as the saying goes. Now that 2012 is coming to a close, check out what we think are the most anticipated games of 2013.

While only ten games made our list, 2013 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for games with the likes of DmC: Devil May CryDead Space 3, Pikmin 3 and the Tomb Raider reboot all just missing out.

10. Next-gen consoles (Unknown)

Next-gen console

While not a game, and not technically announced as of yet, we can’t wait to hopefully see new consoles from Microsoft and Sony next year, not to mention the confirmed Steam Box from Valve. Nintendo launched their next-gen console in the Wii U in November and all signs point to the other two at least announcing theirs this year, possibly at E3. The Xbox 360 was released in 2006 and the PlayStation 3 in 2007, meaning this generation has been around for almost seven years. With the lack of new IP and video game sales down in 2012, it looks like both developers and consumers agree with our sentiment. Let’s hope both companies give all of us what we want in 2013.

9. Rayman Legends (February 26)

Rayman Legends

Rayman Origins stole our hearts with its delightful art style and challenging platforming in 2011 so we can’t wait for its sequel, Rayman Legends, coming from Ubisoft in 2013. We’re not only excited just because it’s a sequel to Origins, but also because it looks to be  a good reason to own a Wii U. Outside of Pikmin 3 there’s not much for the first part of the year exclusive to the console so Rayman Legends will nicely fill that hole in owner’s consoles until Nintendo announces more at E3 2013.

8. SimCity (March 5)

SimCity

Resurrecting one of the best-loved gaming series of all time after almost ten years without a release is either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid. The original developers, Maxis, now fully under EA’s control, are back to develop the first proper SimCity game since SimCity 4. With a new engine, more customisation and curved roads, plus 26 awards already bestowed upon it, SimCity promises much. Whether the need for a permanent Internet connection, the relentless focus on multiplayer, and the lack of multiple saved games will sink SimCity remains to be seen, but we’re hoping the reboot will provide a good mix of nostalgia, addictive and fresh gameplay; and, of course, reticulated splines.

7. Double Fine Adventure (Q2 2013)

Double Fine Adventure not only marks the next game from one of our favorite developers, there’s extra excitement as it was the first project to really kick off the Kickstarter phenomenon that was one of the biggest trends in 2012. What’s not to like with Double Fine Adventure? Tim Schafer returns to the genre that made him a household name in the gaming industry alongside one of the most creative teams there is. Let’s hope this one doesn’t disappoint.

6. South Park: The Stick of Truth (May 2013)

South Park


After publisher THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, there’s extra pressure on South Park: The Stick of Truth to not only be great critically, but also commercially. Luckily, with Obsidian Entertainment behind the helm to provide the solid mechanics and serie’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone working close alongside the project, ensuring the humor will be on point, there’s a good chance of just that happening.

5. Beyond: Two Souls (2013)

Beyond Two Souls

Quantic Dream’s previous title, Heavy Rain, showed promise in the developing a video game narrative for a mature audience with irregular gameplay when it released in 2010. In Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage and company look to take that progress and improve upon it even more. Though we know little about the title outside of the debut trailer shown at E3, and that Ellen Page will provide the voice for the main character, we can’t wait to experience what is in store.

4. Watch Dogs (2013)

Watch Dogs

Another title we know little about outside of its brief showing at E3 2012, Watch Dogs impressed us enough during its trailer to get our minds racing in anticipation. Coming from Ubisoft Montreal, developers of both the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series, there’s already pedigree to be excited about. Add in the ambitious promise of an open world setting with the ability to hack almost anything paired with an intriguing narrative based around information warfare it’s easy to see where the anticipation comes from. Watch Dogs could be one of next year’s best.

3. The Last of Us (May 7)

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog’s follow-up to the Uncharted trilogy has been hotly anticipated from the moment it was revealed, and the wanting has only grown since as more and more is revealed about the project. The Last of Us looks as bleek as any post-apocalyptic setting we’ve seen and the dynamic between Joel and Ellie already has us caring about the characters.

2. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Q2 2013)

GTA 5

Although we don’t yet know an official release date, when Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 does hit (most likely May), it will most likely do so with a very big splash considering the performance of its predecessor earlier in the console generation. Going back to Los Santos and with the biggest game world in series history, GTA 5 looks to be bigger and better than any of the previous entries. Rockstar also seems to be making big changes to the series with three playable characters that the player can jump between. Whatever GTA 5 brings to the table, we’re happy to have the series back.

1. Bioshock Infinite (March 26)

Bioshock Infinite

Several delays and news of members of the development team leaving haven’t scared us off from Bioshock Infinite. If anything, the waiting has only increased our appetite to experience the world of Columbia. So far, anything we’ve seen from the game has been breathtaking, from the floating city itself to the travel and combat benefits of the sky rails to the incredible voice acting. Irrational Games has the pedigree to expect greatness from, and we expect Bioshock Infinite to be nothing less than to be one of 2013’s best titles.

If you missed our earlier end of the year coverage, be sure to check out our top five games of 2012 and our top five indie games of the year.

Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting 8 people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

Sense8 Nomi Amanita

Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.


The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?